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This review is from: The Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Having really enjoyed the first movie ''The Collector'' but not particularly enamoured by this series' creators ''Saw'' sequels, I first thought this continuation to be another in a long line of quick torture porn cash-ins. When it was then released direct to video without even a dual blu-ray release, my initial thoughts seemed to be confirmed. However, after watching this latest entry - I can honestly hold my hands up and state that I was wrong - this is a pretty good little movie.
The story has returning ''hero'' Arkin (the laconic Josh Stewart) finally escaping the clutches of resident S&M fan The Collector (Randall Archer) - however in exchange for his life, a young girl Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) is taken instead, whilst at an all night party... Fast forward a few hours and the girls father (Happy Gilmore's ''Shooter McGavin'' - Christopher McDonald) enlists Arkin to go back and rescue his daughter, aided by a crack team of mercenaries, led by McDonalds' friend and his daughters' lifetime guard Lucello (Lee Tergesen). From here on in, the team enter the villain's lair and its the usual traps, tricks and gore drenched jiggery pokery that rounds out the last 60 minutes.
Granted, this film will never win any oscars and when all said and done, its a direct to video splatter flick. However, it does boast great production design, snazzy prosthetics, a cast that deliver their roles well and a director (whom you see more of in the great documentary added on the disc) having a whale of a time putting everyone through their paces. The film is a fun ride that harks back to the 80s - with a generic storyline punctuated with gory death sequences and some wonderful set pieces. I wouldn't say it is as good as the first film as that did manage to wrangle some creepy moments even with all the ''how the hell did he manage to set up all those traps in such a short time?'', but as a straight forward horror flick that only wants to give you a good time for 90 minutes, it succeeds admirably.
The transfer is actually quite good, making good use of some well lit scenes. The extras are plentiful, although quite short. All in all, a great little package - a decent sequel with some nice extras. I even dug the pseudo ''Quantum of Solace'' style ending - which if I'm honest, is handled way better than the Bond flick. Who would have thought...